How Ideas Travel Like Fire–From a Side Project to a $3.6mil DARPA Grant

5 summers ago I was a Fellow at Polaris and hacked together a way to track sex trafficking using Google Reader. At the time, Craigslist appeared to be the dominant market for commercial sex and like today, every Craigslist section has an RSS feed. I sat in my rented room in Northern Virginia after work at […]

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The Representative and Her Baby

I am proud to be a member of the Institute for a Democratic Future, a 6-month leadership training program for progressives in Washington state. There was an application process, an interview, and a tense week of waiting but then–I became a Fellow. This was the kickoff weekend, and I got to hear from inspiring speakers with enlivening […]

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Nearly 100 Educators Got Free Notable Women in Computing Card Decks

I designed the Notable Women in Computing Card Deck Kickstarter to send as many decks as possible to educators who couldn’t afford them. So far, over 50% of 2nd edition decks went to teachers for free. Having suffered survived grant reporting in a past life, I made the process to request a free deck as easy […]

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#IllRideWithYou and Other Kinds of Great Allyship

In the 4 weeks after 9/11 I wore a headscarf to school. I was 12. I did it because I had heard on the news Muslim women were being shot at for wearing visible symbols of their faith. I thought it was the most unfeminist thing I could think of to attack women for what they […]

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“There Are Four Lights” and the Futility of Torture

One of my favorite t-shirts is a sideways reference to 1992 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It is also a statement on the simultaneous immorality and futility of torture. Here is the scene, you can read this article for the set-up: Growing up watching Star Trek, I learned a lot of things. Women are scientists and captains. Aliens can […]

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